Recuerdo Profundo by Jimenez Deredia

Circles, in the Round

In her travel theme this week, Ailsa asked for circles. Who am I to say no? I threw in a few orbs and spheres, too, beginning with Jimenez Deredia’s phenomenal chocolatey sculpture, Recuerdo Profundo, which I was fortunate enough to see near the Colosseum in Rome in July 2009. A …

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Deredia in Rome

I’m not sure if you could find a better setting for collection of these pieces by Costa Rican sculptor Jimenez Deredia. I finally made the time to spend some time at the Colosseum a few weeks ago, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Above is Recuerdo Profundo, below a …

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Mussolini’s Bunker Transformed Into an Art Gallery

The bunker, built under the Palazzo degli Uffici which was to serve as the site for the cancelled 1942 World’s Fair, is located in Rome’s EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma) neighborhood. Via Artdaily: In the 475 square meters that the underground shelter occupies there now is an exhibition of paintings and …

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July pic(k)s

I had an accordion forced upon me at an early age. I wanted to play guitar, but my parents insisted I be a good little Slovenian-American boy and bought me a squeeze box. I was never very good, and peaked in the fourth grade. Certainly not as good as this …

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30 Second Cheap hotel Advisor – Rome

Hotel Luciani Via Milazzo, 8 00185 Rome, Italy Luciani is one of the dozens (or perhaps hundreds?) of little hotels that appear in every nook and cranny near Rome’s Termini (main) train station. A tiny room, Spartan bed, old bedstand, barred windows and rickety closet gave this place the feel …

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30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Rome

Stella Via Castelfidardo 51 Rome Stayed three nights, 11-14 July 2007. There’s no shortage of relatively cheap places to lay your weary head in the Italian capital. There seem to be hundreds of hotels and pensions just within a four or five block radius of the main Termini station. That’s …

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Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Here’s a few shots from around Rome’s Olympic Stadium. Still looks good 46 years later.    

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Scab cab ride.

ROME — So, yeah, I rode in a scab cab. I didn’t know it though, when I got in. It was a relatively long ride, 20 to 25 minutes or so, but it didn’t really get interesting until we began to weave our way around a small roadblock on the …

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Rome’s basement

ROME — Got into the Italian capital earlier this evening, a day after reading about Rome’s basement in the current National Geographic. Unlike its northern cousin Venice, the Italian capital has steadily risen over the centuries, with new being built atop of old. From the story, describing a speleologist’s descent into …

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